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What’s in the basic Sky TV bundle?

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Sky's Basic TV package is called the Sky Original Bundle pack, and is the bare bones of its many flexible TV options. It includes a great selection of popular channels, and can be customised with other channel packs.

Our guide outlines exactly what you’ll get with the basic Sky TV bundle. We look at channels, prices, upgrades, and the other options that come with the service.

Channels

The Sky basic bundle includes over 280 digital TV channels. It can be a little overwhelming trying to work out if all the channels you want are included in a pack this large, so to make it easier to digest we’ve broken them down into the different genres for you - and rest assured, you'll get the big favourites such as Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic!

Click on the buttons below to reveal all of the channels that you’ll get with your Sky basic bundle:

Entertainment (50)
4seven
4seven
BBC One
BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Two
ITV
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 4
Channel 5
Channel 5
G.O.L.D
G.O.L.D
BBC Three
BBC Three
BBC Three HD
BBC Three HD
Sky2
Sky2
Sky LivingIt
Sky LivingIt
Challenge
Challenge
Comedy Central Extra
Comedy Central Extra
S4/C
S4/C
More4
More4
Channel 4 HD
Channel 4 HD
BBC One HD
BBC One HD
DMAX
DMAX
CBS Reality
CBS Reality
CBS Action
CBS Action
CBS Drama
CBS Drama
E!
E!
PICK TV
PICK TV
Quest
Quest
Sony Entertainment Television
Sony Entertainment Television
Drama
Drama
BBC Alba
BBC Alba
BBC Two HD
BBC Two HD
Sky1
Sky1
Sky Living
Sky Living
Sky Atlantic
Sky Atlantic
5USA
5USA
5*
5*
ITV HD
ITV HD
True Entertainment
True Entertainment
FOX
FOX
Sumo TV
Sumo TV
Syfy
Syfy
E4
E4
My Channel
My Channel
Universal Channel
Universal Channel
Comedy Central
Comedy Central
ITV2
ITV2
ITV3
ITV3
Dave
Dave
Watch
Watch
ITV4
ITV4
alibi
alibi
Really
Really
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifestyle (16)
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 2
Sky Arts 2
Home
Home
Travel Channel
Travel Channel
Style
Style
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Home & Health
Food Network
Food Network
Discovery Travel & Living
Discovery Travel & Living
Wedding TV
Wedding TV
?TV
?TV
Luxury Life
Luxury Life
Horse & Country
Horse & Country
The Active Channel
The Active Channel
Fitness TV
Fitness TV
Good Food
Good Food
Holiday+Cruise
Holiday+Cruise
Movies (10)
Men&Movies
Men&Movies
Film4
Film4
TCM
TCM
TCM 2
TCM 2
Horror Channel
Horror Channel
True Movies 1
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
True Movies 2
Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Movies4Men
Movies4Men
Movies 24
Movies 24
Sports (2)
Motors TV
Motors TV
LFC TV
LFC TV
Factual (4)
BBC Four
BBC Four
BBC Four HD
BBC Four HD
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Shed
Discovery Shed
Kids (10)
Boomerang
Boomerang
CBBC
CBBC
CBBC HD
CBBC HD
CBeebies
CBeebies
CBeebies HD
CBeebies HD
POP
POP
Tiny Pop
Tiny Pop
CITV
CITV
Pop Girl
Pop Girl
Kix!
Kix!
Music (17)
MTV
MTV
Viva
Viva
Kiss
Kiss
Magic
Magic
Chart Show TV
Chart Show TV
The Vault
The Vault
Flava
Flava
Vintage TV
Vintage TV
Channel AKA
Channel AKA
Starz TV
Starz TV
Bliss
Bliss
Scuzz
Scuzz
Dance Nation TV
Dance Nation TV
Greatest Hits TV
Greatest Hits TV
BuzMuzik
BuzMuzik
Clubland TV
Clubland TV
Massive R&B
Massive R&B
Shopping (29)
QVC
QVC
JML Direct
JML Direct
Argos TV
Argos TV
TV Shop
TV Shop
Ideal World
Ideal World
Price Drop
Price Drop
Pitch TV
Pitch TV
Retail TV
Retail TV
High Street TV
High Street TV
Best Direct
Best Direct
Jewellery Channel
Jewellery Channel
Ideal Extra
Ideal Extra
Gems TV
Gems TV
JML Home & DIY
JML Home & DIY
Bid TV
Bid TV
Jewellery Maker
Jewellery Maker
Gems TV Extra
Gems TV Extra
Pitch World
Pitch World
QVC Beauty
QVC Beauty
PaversShoes.tv
PaversShoes.tv
Thane Direct
Thane Direct
V Channel
V Channel
Speed Auction
Speed Auction
Rocks & Co 1
Rocks & Co 1
JML Cookshop
JML Cookshop
Ideal & More
Ideal & More
Create and Craft
Create and Craft
Celebrity Shop
Celebrity Shop
The Dept Store
The Dept Store
News (14)
Bloomberg Television
Bloomberg Television
BBC News
BBC News
BBC Parliament
BBC Parliament
CNBC Europe
CNBC Europe
CNN International
CNN International
NHK World HD
NHK World HD
Euronews
Euronews
CCTV News
CCTV News
RT HD
RT HD
France 24 English
France 24 English
Sky News
Sky News
RT
RT
Community Channel
Community Channel
BBC News HD
BBC News HD
International (56)
BEN
BEN
Propeller
Propeller
Vox Africa
Vox Africa
The Africa Channel
The Africa Channel
Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English
CNC World
CNC World
TVC News
TVC News
B4U Music
B4U Music
STAR Life OK
STAR Life OK
STAR Plus
STAR Plus
Phoenix CNE
Phoenix CNE
Bangla TV
Bangla TV
MTA Muslim TV
MTA Muslim TV
Zing
Zing
PTV Prime
PTV Prime
MATV National
MATV National
UMP Movies
UMP Movies
Lamhe
Lamhe
TV5MONDE
TV5MONDE
Record TV
Record TV
DM Digital
DM Digital
Hidayat TV
Hidayat TV
ARY Qtv
ARY Qtv
Venus TV
Venus TV
ARY News
ARY News
STAR Gold
STAR Gold
PTV Global
PTV Global
Islam Channel
Islam Channel
Channel S
Channel S
SAB TV
SAB TV
Noor TV
Noor TV
Peace TV
Peace TV
Music India
Music India
Al Jazeera Children's Channel
Al Jazeera Children's Channel
IQRA TV
IQRA TV
ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla
Ummah Channel
Ummah Channel
Colors
Colors
Sunrise TV
Sunrise TV
Rishtey
Rishtey
Glory TV
Glory TV
Brit Asia TV
Brit Asia TV
Channel 9 UK
Channel 9 UK
Ahlebait TV
Ahlebait TV
Madani Channel
Madani Channel
Sikh Channel
Sikh Channel
Peace TV Urdu
Peace TV Urdu
Ahlulbayt TV
Ahlulbayt TV
UCTV
UCTV
Channel i
Channel i
Takbeer TV
Takbeer TV
Sangat TV
Sangat TV
Aastha TV
Aastha TV
9XM
9XM
NTV
NTV
Sky News Arabia
Sky News Arabia
Religion (17)
Open Heaven TV
Open Heaven TV
God TV
God TV
Revelation
Revelation
TBN Europe
TBN Europe
Daystar
Daystar
UCB TV
UCB TV
Loveworld TV
Loveworld TV
Inspiration
Inspiration
Gospel Channel
Gospel Channel
EWTN TV
EWTN TV
The Word Network
The Word Network
Faith World TV
Faith World TV
KICC TV
KICC TV
Believe TV
Believe TV
Olive TV
Olive TV
Praise TV
Praise TV
SonLife Broadcasting Network
SonLife Broadcasting Network
Gaming (4)
BET
BET
Sky Poker
Sky Poker
Super Casino
Super Casino
Smart Live
Smart Live
Specialist (7)
Showcase TV
Showcase TV
Showcase 2
Showcase 2
Controversial TV
Controversial TV
Information TV
Information TV
Renault TV
Renault TV
Psychic Line
Psychic Line
Psychic Today
Psychic Today
Adult (22)
Dating Channel
Dating Channel
GayXchange
GayXchange
Gay Network
Gay Network
Chat Box
Chat Box
PlayboyTV Chat
PlayboyTV Chat
Babestation
Babestation
Get Lucky TV
Get Lucky TV
Lucky Star
Lucky Star
Red Light 1
Red Light 1
UK Swingers
UK Swingers
Flirt TV 2
Flirt TV 2
xxXpanded TV
xxXpanded TV
Red Light 3
Red Light 3
Red Light 4
Red Light 4
Babe Guide
Babe Guide
Northern Birds
Northern Birds
Essex Babes
Essex Babes
Elite TV
Elite TV
Storm
Storm
SportxxxGirls
SportxxxGirls
Elite TV 3
Elite TV 3
LivexxxBabes
LivexxxBabes
Radio (70)
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Classic Rock
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
Classic FM
Classic FM
talkSPORT
talkSPORT
Capital FM
Capital FM
Planet Rock
Planet Rock
Heart
Heart
LBC 97.3
LBC 97.3
Xfm
Xfm
Choice FM
Choice FM
BBC World Service
BBC World Service
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Asian Network
BBC Radio Asian Network
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music
Gold
Gold
WRN Radio
WRN Radio
Premier Christian Radio
Premier Christian Radio
LBC 1152 News
LBC 1152 News
UCB UK
UCB UK
Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
Solar Radio
Solar Radio
Panjab Radio
Panjab Radio
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Sunrise Radio
Sunrise Radio
UCB Bible
UCB Bible
UCB Gospel
UCB Gospel
UCB Inspiration
UCB Inspiration
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
Real Radio Wales
Real Radio Wales
Sukh Sagar
Sukh Sagar
Khushkhabri
Khushkhabri
BBC London 94.9
BBC London 94.9
BBC Radio Cymru
BBC Radio Cymru
Calvary Radio
Calvary Radio
Family Radio
Family Radio
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
RTÉ na Gaeltachta
RTÉ na Gaeltachta
Desi Radio
Desi Radio
Kismat Radio
Kismat Radio
Amrit Bani
Amrit Bani
Chill
Chill
Magic
Magic
Shop Radio
Shop Radio
Spectrum Radio
Spectrum Radio
Liberty Radio
Liberty Radio
Punjabi Radio
Punjabi Radio
Insight Radio
Insight Radio
Absolute 80s
Absolute 80s
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
Jazz FM
Jazz FM
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 90s
Kanshiradio
Kanshiradio
Record Radio
Record Radio
Rainbow Radio
Rainbow Radio
Yorkshire Radio
Yorkshire Radio
Newstalk
Newstalk
BFBS Radio
BFBS Radio
UCB Ireland
UCB Ireland
Standalone* (2)
MUTV
MUTV
Premier Sports
Premier Sports
+1 channels (49)
Sky Living +1
Sky Living +1
Comedy Central +1
Comedy Central +1
ITV +1
ITV +1
G.O.L.D +1
G.O.L.D +1
Channel 4 +1
Channel 4 +1
E4 +1
E4 +1
More4 +1
More4 +1
DMAX +1
DMAX +1
CBS Reality +1
CBS Reality +1
Universal Channel +1
Universal Channel +1
PICK TV +1
PICK TV +1
Watch +1
Watch +1
Dave ja vu
Dave ja vu
Comedy Central Extra +1
Comedy Central Extra +1
MTV +1
MTV +1
Challenge +1
Challenge +1
FOX +
FOX +
Quest +1
Quest +1
Sky1 +1
Sky1 +1
Sky Atlantic +1
Sky Atlantic +1
5USA +1
5USA +1
Channel 5 +24
Channel 5 +24
Channel 5 +1
Channel 5 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV3 +1
ITV3 +1
Sony Entertainment Television +1
Sony Entertainment Television +1
Men&Movies +1
Men&Movies +1
BET +1
BET +1
Syfy +1
Syfy +1
DMAX +2
DMAX +2
alibi +1
alibi +1
Lifetime +1
Lifetime +1
5* +1
5* +1
Sky LivingIt +1
Sky LivingIt +1
Showcase TV +1
Showcase TV +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Home +1
Home +1
Good Food +1
Good Food +1
Travel Channel +1
Travel Channel +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Food Network +1
Food Network +1
More 4 +2
More 4 +2
Film4 +1
Film4 +1
Horror Channel +1
Horror Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Movies4Men +1
Movies4Men +1
Movies 24+
Movies 24+
Tiny Pop +1
Tiny Pop +1
Pop Girl +1
Pop Girl +1

The Sky Original Bundle

Sky used to have six different channel packs, and customers taking the basic package could choose any one of them as part of their subscription. These days Sky uses a simpler system, and all customers get the 36+ channel Entertainment Pack as standard, plus the option to add extra channels with Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

With Sky's basic bundle, you’ll get the channels outlined above, the ability to pause, rewind, and record live TV thanks to a free Sky+ HD box, access to Sky’s on-demand service, the free app Sky Go, and 11 free-to-air high definition channels - and the option to add the free Sky Broadband Lite package with 2GB usage and weekend calls.

The Sky Original bundle starts at £21.50 per month, and comes on a 12-month contract. If you choose to take up the offer of free broadband and calls you'll also need to pay £15.40 a month line rental.

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Sky Sports

If you’re a sports fan, you can enhance your basic Sky TV bundle with Sky’s sport channels.

The Sky Sports add-on starts at £22 per month and comes with six dedicated sports channels, including Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1. If you need your football, rugby, or golf fix, the Sky Sports pack presents a great option for building on your basic Sky TV bundle.

Sky Movies

If sports aren’t your thing, you can upgrade your basic TV bundle with a movie package instead.

The Sky Movies add-on starts at £16 per month and features 11 Sky Movies channels, including Sky Movies Premiere and Sky Movies Disney, and around 800 movies to watch on-demand. This is a great option for movie buffs looking for a full cinema experience at home (except without the sticky floors and endless trailers).

Compare Sky bundles

Want to know how much it all costs and what other options Sky has? You can use our comparison table to see the basic, intermediate, and advanced TV bundles that Sky offers.

  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageYes
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels307
    SD Channels296
    HD Channels11
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    -
    £21.50
    Upfront Cost£6.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£37.48
    First Year Cost£449.75
    Lifetime Cost£449.75
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageYes
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels405
    SD Channels359
    HD Channels46
    3D Channels1
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    -
    £32
    Upfront Cost£6.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£47.98
    First Year Cost£575.75
    Lifetime Cost£575.75
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageYes
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels438
    SD Channels376
    HD Channels62
    3D Channels1
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£67.25 after 1 mth)
    £59.25
    Upfront Cost£6.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£82.56
    First Year Cost£990.75
    Lifetime Cost£990.75
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394

What are my alternatives?

If you’ve decided that Sky TV just isn’t for you, there are still plenty of alternatives out there, including BT TV, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media, each of which offers a cheap entry-level package.

Conclusion

Sky has the widest range of TV channels in the UK, but it’s not the cheapest option for a starter pack. There’s plenty of scope for expansion though, so you’ll be able to add more channels and services as time goes by.

Comments (1)

m zuczkowski
4th April 2013

please change my package to the basic one many thanks m zuczkowski

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